China’s top auto industry watchdog has required car makers to store locally-generated data in the country and strengthen data security.

Personal information and key data generated by connected vehicles in China should be stored in the country, and the export of critical data should be reviewed and approved by regulators, according to guidelines published by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Thursday.

Remote updates of in-car systems and autonomous driving features should also be approved by regulators, said the MIIT.

Beijing has been seeking to regulate management of data from smart vehicles, the rising penetration rate of which has fueled concerns over national security risks. China has restricted the use of Tesla Inc.’s vehicles by military staff and employees of key state-owned companies.

The MIIT has also required auto makers to establish a sound data-security management system, under which they should classify and grade the data they collect and store, as well as improve technologies to protect vehicles from potential cyber attacks.

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